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Welcome to the February edition of the Loddon Valley Link.

Happy New Year.

One of my favourite days of this time of year is Pancake day. This year it lands on February 25th which is a bit earlier than last year. I’ve snuck in a pancake recipe on the opposite page. It’s also Shrove Tuesday which leads to Lent and the 40 days leading to Easter (which is April 12th this year). I hadn’t realised the significance of the ingredients for pancakes but they are said to symbolise four points of significance at Easter and springtime of the year. Eggs signify creation, flour is said to be the staff of life, salt is for wholesomeness and milk symbolises purity. Enjoy. We’re planning to include some of your recipes this year so if you have any seasonal recipes send them in and we’ll include the best. 

2020 is also a leap year so Happy Birthday to all those youngsters born on the 29th February.feb20 contents

After all the hectic Christmas festivities its nice to get back to ‘normal’ whatever that is.  Although this is a quiet time of year there’s still lots happening and we have another full edition for you.

Reports from Santa’s reindeer trail last year looks like a great time was had by all and lots of money raised. P7.

Our centre pages are all about the latest evenings entertainment from the Loddon Players. Sounds like another tour-de-force.  

Local art and artists feature on p16.

Our local MP sets out his priorities on p13 and is visiting The Four Horseshoes on Friday 7th February to give you chance to ask any questions.

St Leonards Coffee Club are celebrating their first year on p 20.

Stratfield Turgis are holding their annual Village Social in the Wellington Arms again. P15.

Hampshire County Council report from Rhydian Vaughan on p42. However this doesn’t mention our local library is faced with potential closure. P31.

Our Cover photo this month is from Catherine Bartrum. Keep your photos coming in as we have our usual photo competition plus this year we’re planning on producing a calendar. Contributions and criticisms to the usual address. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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